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How to Take Care of Your Skin in Winter

How to Take Care of Your Skin in Winter

Winter can be the most cozy time of the year. Just think about it: warm fire lit by the fireplace and family members gathered around it sipping their cup of hot chocolate, stuffed turkey roasting in the kitchen and oh-so-yummy desserts waiting to be shared and enjoyed. While you may be having the time of your life though, the winter weather could be sucking the life out of your skin!

Call Out The Beauty Emergency.

Dry, flaky, lifeless skin — it’s a cause for alarm and you should be concerned. The first thing that you must know is that these unbearable, unthinkable, unsightly skin conditions are not normal in winter, no matter how much you or your friends have been experiencing so for the past decade.  The thing is, your skin doesn’t have to suffer this pitiful condition.  Below are beauty tips for dry skin that you can follow:

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1. Limit Outdoor Time

There are fun winter activities that you can do outdoors and you shouldn’t miss out on those. We strongly agree that creating precious moments and experiences with people you care for are of utmost importance. All that we’re saying is that it doesn’t have to come at the expense of your skin.

So, do what you got to do in the snow but, make sure to keep to a limited time only. How many hours? That depends on your skin tolerance but, generally not more than an hour of continuous exposure in the chilly air.

2. Takeover Indoor Environmental Conditions

The reason why you want to spend most of your time indoors is because you can influence the temperature and moisture inside walled spaces. Turn the heater to a comfortable degree only — not too hot, not too cold.  You should also add a humidifier in your indoor spaces to make sure surrounding air stays moist.

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3. Carry Around a Mister in Your Purse

Whether indoors or outdoors, at least you have something to wet the air around you when you feel it begin to suck out the moisture and life out of your skin.  Spray about five inches away from your face. Make sure that your mist does not contain any irritating ingredients. Remember, it doesn’t have to be fancy.

4. Wash Your Face and Bathe Twice Daily

By removing oil and dirt sitting on the surface of your skin, you are allowing your skin to breathe more easily. The real culprit when washing and bathing is the tap, which could be too hot for your skin, and the products that you are using which could be harsh. These can strip off your skin’s natural moisture and cause inflammation and damage.

5. Exfoliate and Scrub

Most people won’t even consider these. However, these basic beauty steps remain beneficial in winter as they do in spring. In fact, more debris are seated on your skin’s outer layers in winter because dry, dead skin is so common and your skin is shedding a lot. That’s why you need to exfoliate and scrub to get these off of your skin and allow a new skin layer to surface.

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6. Moisturize

Under such dry, freezing weather, your skin will appreciate receiving any kind of moisture to help revive and rejuvenate it.  You owe it to your skin though to be just as choosy with the products you use as in any other time of the year. Rather than going for a long lineup of moisturizing products, you should go for the quality of the products that you are using.

Stick to at least two moisturizers. Use one that can easily be absorbed and used up by your skin most especially a non-fragrant, cosmetic grade essential oil.  Make the other a heavier, more emollient cream. Use a more robust lineup for your nighttime routine.

7. Keep a Bottle of Water in Hand

Still, the best way to keep your skin hydrated is by taking in the moisture and allowing it to act on your skin. So, don’t forget your fluids. Make it more hearth warming by sipping on cups of hot soup to keep you warm but also to keep your skin moist.

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 CONCLUSION

Knowing how to take care of your skin in winter is a sensitize thing. Hence, we should get it right. Writer, Anton Chekhov, once wrote, ”People don’t notice whether it’s winter or summer when they’re happy.” You should allow your skin to experience the same. Keep it happy throughout the seasons by taking better care of it so, it wouldn’t have to dread winter ever again, neither should you.

Featured photo credit: Pixabay via pixabay.com

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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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